The annual conference of the Arizona Science Teachers Association, Ready, Set, Explore Science! will be held on November 6-7, 2015 in Phoenix at NAU North Valley Phoenix Campus. Over 300 science educators will share ideas and work together to advocate research-based science teaching and learning for all of Arizona's children. Attendees have over 50 one-hour and three-hour workshops to choose from a focus strand:
· 3-Dimensional Teaching – Sessions in this strand focus on teaching at the intersection of the three dimensions found in The Framework - Scientific & Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas. As students explore particular disciplinary ideas, they should do so by engaging in the practices while making connections using the crosscutting concepts. These sessions will provide teachers with an opportunity to explore both knowledge and practice and how they help build conceptual understanding of scientific phenomena.
· STEM Teaching & Learning –Sessions in this strand are geared to help teachers better understand the significance of STEM education which is defined as an integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines that focuses on innovation, preparing students for a changing technology-driven world. Sessions will help participants gain an awareness and understanding of how STEM can be implemented, applied and sustained in a K-16 setting. Participants will learn how to use STEM as a vehicle for discovery, innovation, and independent problem solving while also meeting curriculum demands.
· Supporting the 21st Century Skills – Sessions in this strand will help participants in building their science and STEM teacher toolbox by developing critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. Teachers will discover additional strategies and resources to help students develop ways of thinking and ways of working that will better prepare them for the 21st Century.
· General – Sessions in this strand that do not fit this year’s focus but provide participants with rich learning experiences.
ASTA is excited to partner with Delta Education to bring Dr. Ken Wesson to our conference. Dr. Wesson is is a former faculty member and administrator in higher education. Dr.Wesson regularly addresses educational organizations, counseling associations, school districts and parenting organizations on the subject of “brain-considerate” learning environments. In addition, Wesson speaks on the subjects of early brain development, design and engineering, STEM and ST2REAM, contextual learning, and curriculum development.
Registration for the conference will open July 15th.
Early-bird registration costs (prior to September 30th)
Registration will available for single day and will be available on-site.
Attendeess will also explore hundreds of science classroom resources by visiting exhibitors. Conference attendees have full access to exhibits during these hours.
EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION will open July 15th
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CELEBRATION SOCIAL - Friday evening
The ASTA Celebration Social is being held in conjunction with ASTA’s annual conference, Ready, Set, Explore Science!. During the social we will be recognizing the ASTA’s Teacher of the Year Awardees, and the retiring and new ASTA Board Members.. The social will provide the opportunity for members to mingle with the exhibitors, meet other ASTA members from across the state and learn more about the exciting activities that ASTA provides.